“It’s official: Friendsgiving is the new “it’ holiday,” Pinterest told us last week. While the real holiday is not going anywhere, millennials are now taking the opportunity to make turkey day last a little longer by hosting a dinner of their own for their friends. This year alone, there have been more than 500,000 Friendsgiving ideas saved on Pinterest, and the search term is up 13 times since last year.
Thanksgiving is traditionally spent with family, but this month we could all use a little quality time to get together with friends and be grateful for the things that are positive in the world today—despite the recent display of the contrary. People are now looking for ways to establish their own traditions with friends as another family.
Want to host your first Friendsgiving this year? Pinterest analyzed thousands of pins to bring us the biggest trends surrounding the holiday. Take note, and make your pre-Thanksgiving celebration one to remember.
Make It Official
“Over the past two years, Friendsgiving has surpassed both Thanksgiving and holiday parties in general as the main event that warrants an official invitation,” says Pinterest. Even if it’s a quick printable or virtual invite, take the time to formally invite your friends. You won't be the only one: People are now pinning nearly six times more Friendsgiving invitations than holiday party ones.
Think Casual and Organic
Pinterest also says that the tablescapes being pinned this year lean on the side of casual and organic. Think about a less-is-more approach. Layer natural linens and simple decorations, or even use Kraft paper as a table runner. “This easy Kraft paper tablescape is one of the most popular Friendsgiving décor ideas,” says Pinterest—it is saved to nearly 70,000 boards.
Make a Photobooth
“Friendsgiving photo booths are trending as a way to capture the day’s best moments, with ideas saved nearly 100,000 times,” says Pinterest. Get crafty with an Insta-worthy background, set up some props, and snap away.
Set Up a Bar Cart
While it’s no surprise that squash and pumpkin themes are trending around Thanksgiving, Pinterest says pumpkin content is going viral. “These chic pumpkins have emerged up as a beautiful, holiday-neutral idea for adding a pop of color to your celebration, and have been saved nearly 15,000 times in the past few weeks when they were first saved to Pinterest.”
This month especially, people are focusing on what makes them thankful in life. Jump on the gratitude train and get the conversation going at your own Friendsgiving dinner. “People are pinning ideas like thankful rolls and placecard printables to spark conversation and embrace the sentiment of gratitude that Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving stand for.”